Defined by new beginnings, enthusiastic collaborations and exciting mainstage offerings, The Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company’s (HSTC) 33rd season has hit their mark for excellence. Following the success of the Soul Lounge cabaret series and the Old Settler, also mounted at the Marcus Center this season, HSTC’s final mainstage production, a period powerhouse completes its final weekend.
GIRL POWER is hardly a new phenomenon, as Ramona King’s comedy STEAL AWAY proves and The Hansberry-Sands Theatre’s current production directed by Artistic Director AbNey, demonstrates. In Chicago during the early 1930s, the God fearing ladies of the NWOYE (Negro Women’s Organization for Youth Education), have financed the education of several young women from their church sending them college, and raising tuition fees thru then traditional means like bake sales. Their efforts have been a success, but now, the Depression threatens the organization.
As this crisis worsens, the NWOYE welcomes home its most recent graduate, who the ladies hope-and expect-will teach at a neighborhood school. However, college has not just educated her academically but culturally as well. Inspired by the historical realities of a challenged past and research subject who reclaimed land stolen from him, she single handedly formulates an unconventional plan to keep the NWOYE financially sound for good: a bank heist.
Out of their element in a world dominated by men and one that generally would expect them to just turn the other cheek-their success lie in the hands of collective work and achievements. What comes next defies the odds and delivers a high dosage of excitement as ultimately King’s STEAL AWAY personifies the theme of community spirit and the true essence of women united! “STEAL AWAY delivers a perfect blend of camaraderie, danger, love, and laughter.” Featured are Milwaukee based veteran actors Tina Machele Brown, Patricia Bridges, Mary Liz Coleman, Azeeza Islam, Chicago based, Debrah Neal and newcomer to the theatrical stage Portia Stinson.
Hansberry-Sands now celebrates 33 years as a premier performing arts institution and holds the esteemed position as the oldest operating African American theatre company in the State of Wisconsin. For more information on productions or events call the Hotline, 414.616.PLAY (7529).